Stratos Launches New StratosITek IP VSAT Service forBroadband Hi-Speed Satellite Connectivity

Stratos Launches New StratosITek IP VSAT Service forBroadband Hi-Speed Satellite Connectivity

12.10.2003

(Bethesda, MD) -- "Stratos, a leading global communications services and solutions provider, today announced the launch of its new broadband IP VSAT service, StratosITek, for next generation all-digital global connectivity. The system uses iDirect Technologies' broadband IP solution and is designed to offer a cost effective solution forsmall to large enterprise users. StratosITek supports a range of communications solutions, including Voice-over-IP, file and database server access, Internet, video conferencing, and e-mail. The service is backed by two 24/7 network operations centers based in the U.S. and the U.K. for "around the clock" customer service.

Combining high speed digital capacity with global coverage, StratosITek is perfect for geographically dispersed organizations with a need for reliable information management and connectivity. The StratosITek IP VSAT terminals provide transmission speeds of up to 4 Mbps, making it an optimal solution for a variety of customers, including oil and gas operations, military personnel, maritime, construction/engineering companies, and remote broadcasters.

"Stratos specializes in providing enterprise customers operating in remote locations with a variety of superior satellite based IP, data, and voice solutions. We are excited about the ability to offer our new StratosITek technology to our customers," said Jim Parm, Stratos CEO. "We feel that organizations of any size will be able to realize significant benefits from this global solution."

" We are excited to be working with Stratos, which has such a significant presence and a reputation for providing high quality communication services to vertical markets such as Oil & Gas, Maritime and Government/Military." said John Kealey, President and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "By using iDirect's Real Time Traffic management (RTTM) features, Stratos can now offer industry leading voice-over-IP (VoIP) capabilities via satellite and provide the highest level of flexibility to remote locations that have critical application needs."

About iDirect Technologies

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

About Stratos

Stratos (www.stratosglobal.com) is a publicly traded company (TSX: SGB) and leading international telecommunications services provider offering customers operating in remote locations a variety of satellite and microwave wireless technologies to provide Internet Protocol, data, and voice solutions through a range of newly emerging and established technologies such as Inmarsat®, Intelsat®, Iridium®, Globalstar®, VSAT, and others. Stratos serves an array of diverse markets including government, military, energy, maritime, industrial, aeronautical, media and recreational users anywhere in the world.

Contact:

iDirect
Warren Brown
+1 703 648 8155
wbrown@idirect.net

Stratos Global Corp.
Richard Halka
Executive Vice President and CFO
(301) 968-1960
richard.halka@stratosglobal.com